Come and Taste the Best Honey Produced in Our 3-County Area
What’s the best-tasting honey in Mitchell, Avery and Yancey County?  Time for local beekeepers to enter their bees’ honey and allow local residents to help decide the winner at the Sixth Annual Mayland Black Jar Honey Contest, Oct. 19 at Homeplace Beer Co. in downtown Burnsville. 


All honey entered in the contest is judged on taste alone. Entries are wrapped in black coverings to allow a blind taste test. It will be a tough decision as authentic honey flavors are as unique as wines. Winning honey will go on to represent our region in the International Black Jar Honey Contest.

The Honey Contest is open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. and is sponsored by the Toe Cane Beekeepers Association.  Any beekeeper whose bees have produced honey this year in our area can enter the contest. Admission is free, and all are welcome to sample the honey. Those who want to be official judges and cast their vote to pick the winners can do so with a $10 donation to raise money for the educational efforts of the bee club.  There will be musical entertainment by “The Susans,” honey for sale, and a silent auction for local craft and honey-related items, not to mention Homeplace Beer to enjoy on the back porch.

All proceeds will benefit educational work on behalf of bees and bee habitats in our region.
Drop by anytime between 6-8 p.m, just give yourself enough time to taste, talk about bees, vote and enjoy handcrafted beer from Homeplace Beer Co., our host. 


If you’re a beekeeper and think YOUR bees made the winning honey this year? Enter two one-pound glass queenline jars of your best for this event. (Please enter two pint jars if you don’t use queenline). Entries must be dropped off at the Yancey County Cooperative Extension office, 30 E U.S. Hwy. 19E in Burnsville by noon on Thursday, October 13. No entries will be accepted on the day of the contest. Label your jars as you usually do and fill out the entry form available at the extension office or download it (HERE)

Entry is free for active TCBA members. Non-members are welcome to enter for $15. Honey must be produced this season by your hives located in Yancey, Mitchell or Avery Counties.
Contact Debbie Griffith, email: djgriff2@gmail.com  if you have questions, want to enter your honey, or would like to donate to the cause of honey bees and other pollinators.


Click here for the Flyer.

Click Here to download the entry form.

Members, click here to pay for a second entry.


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